• Lee Chong Wei: This might be my last Indonesia Open

    Jakarta: Malaysia's badminton maestro and the World No. 2 men's singles player Lee Chong Wei told reporter at a press conference in Jakarta that the 2016 BCA Indonesia Open Superseries Premier could be his last Indonesia Open competition before making a decision to retire from the sport.Lee Chong Wei attends the BCA Indonesia Open Superseries Premier press conference in Jakarta. (photo: AFP)

    Lee Chong Wei attends the BCA Indonesia Open Superseries Premier press conference in Jakarta. (photo: AFP)

  • Carsten Mogensen: I am ready for Rio Olympics

    Copenhagen: Denmark's men's doubles badminton ace Carsten Mogensen who collapsed and had to undergo a brain surgery in Kazan, Russia during the European Team Championships in February to treat a ruptured aneurysm in his brain, has made strong recovery and ready to play again.

    It was found out that Mogensen's live threatening injury was caused by a brain haemorrhage that may have exist in his cerebral aneurysms since his early childhood.Fans can't wait to see Carsten Mogensen play badminton again! (photo: AFP)

    Fans can't wait to see Carsten Mogensen play badminton again! (photo: AFP)

  • Li Xuerui, Wang Shixian & Wang Yihan's Olympic bid up in air

    By: Chan Kin-wa

    Beijing: With at least five players who have made top 16, the China badminton team officials will finalise their two choices for the women’s singles on July 18

    Top women’s badminton players from China, including defending singles champion Li Xuerui, will be forced to wait until the last moment before finding out whether they will go to the Rio Olympic Games.Wang Shixian, Li Xuerui, Wang Yihan (from left) are trying to squeeze into the 2 spots allocated for China in Olympics.

    Wang Shixian, Li Xuerui, Wang Yihan (from left) are trying to squeeze into the 2 spots allocated for China in Olympics.

  • Laura Sarosi earns trip to Rio Olympics for sportsmanship

    Hungary: Sure, winning is great, but good sportsmanship is more than that!Laura Sarosi (in red) showed why badminton is one of the greatest sports on earth.

    Laura Sarosi (in red) showed why badminton is one of the greatest sports on earth.

  • Viktor Axelsen takes aim at Olympics after Thomas Cup victory

    Kunshan: Denmark shuttlers will be looking forward to stamp down their authority in the Badminton events at the 2016 Summer Olympics after their historic Thomas Cup victory on Sunday.Viktor Axelsen of Denmark kisses the trophy during the Thomas Cup awards ceremony. (photo: AFP)

    Viktor Axelsen of Denmark kisses the trophy during the Thomas Cup awards ceremony. (photo: AFP)

  • Tommy Sugiarto heads 2016 Indonesia Olympic team

    Jakarta: World No. 8 Indonesian shuttler Tommy Sugiarto will get to play at the highest level of international badminton championships this August when he was listed as one of the 10 Indonesian badminton players who will take part in the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.Tommy Sugiarto needs to work on his stamina, strength, speed and agility in order to have better result in Rio.

    Tommy Sugiarto needs to work on his stamina, strength, speed and agility in order to have better result in Rio.

  • Japan to send nine badminton players to Rio Olympics

    Tokyo: After Japanese World No. 1 women's doubles pair Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo defeated Naoko Fukuman and Kurumi Yonao 21-13, 21-15 in an all-Japan women’s badminton doubles final at the Asian Championships, Takahashi/Matsutomo have been named among the nine Japanese shuttlers who clinched their spots in all five disciplines at the Rio Olympics.A lot of respect to Ayaka Takahashi/Misaki Matsutomo and Naoko Fukuman/Kurumi Yonao's "Samurai spirit" when both pairs put up real fight in the BAC final, contrary to "Li Yongbo" style that brought shame to badminton with walkovers and match throwings.

    A lot of respect to Ayaka Takahashi/Misaki Matsutomo and Naoko Fukuman/Kurumi Yonao's "Samurai spirit" when both pairs put up real fight in the BAC final, contrary to "Li Yongbo" style that brought shame to badminton with walkovers and match throwings.

  • Zhao Yunlei prepares for life after badminton

    Beijing: "Having a clear goal of what we want to achieve in our life is key to achieving what we want and enjoying success."

    China's World No. 1 mixed doubles player Zhao Yunlei wrote a Weibo (a Chinese social media platform equivalent of Facebook) post on May 4th to share her vision for the future, hinted that retirement could be her next move after Rio Olympics.Zhao Yunlei deserves more media attention for her outstanding achievements.

    Zhao Yunlei deserves more media attention for her outstanding achievements.

  • Lee Chong Wei to spearhead Malaysia's badminton team at 2016 Olympics

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian badminton maestro Lee Chong Wei became the first Malaysian men's singles shuttler to make an unprecedented fourth trip to the Olympics in August, when Badminton World Federation (BWF) released its final list of qualifiers on Thursday.Lee Chong Wei uses a selfie stick to take photos. (photo: GettyImages)

    Lee Chong Wei uses a selfie stick to take photos. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Ratchanok Intanon eyeing top-3 finish at Rio Olympics

    Bangkok: The Summer Olympic Games will take place in South America for the first time this year, as Rio de Janeiro in Brazil will host the 31st edition of the quadrennial competition.Ratchanok Intanon vows to bring an Olympic medal back to Thailand. (photo: GettyImages)

    Ratchanok Intanon vows to bring an Olympic medal back to Thailand. (photo: GettyImages)

  • India send Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth & four others to Olympics

    New Delhi: Although the 2016 Rio Olympics qualification is based on the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings that will be released on May 5, seven Indian shuttlers have confirmed to qualify for the Olympics after the recently concluded Badminton Asia Championship (BAC).Wish Saina Nehwal every success in Rio. (photo: GettyImages)

    Wish Saina Nehwal every success in Rio. (photo: GettyImages)

  • China fill maximum slots for the 2016 Olympic

    Wuhan: After winning two out of five gold medals offered at the Badminton Asia Championships (BAC) on Sunday, China has enough or in some categories, more than enough shuttlers to secure the maximum Olympic quota slots allocated for each country.Despite the match throwing scandal, we should give the Chinese shuttlers the respect they are due by winning golds in all five categories in London.

    Despite the match throwing scandal, we should give the Chinese shuttlers the respect they are due by winning golds in all five categories in London.

  • Kento Momota, Kenichi Tago officially removed from BWF rankings

    Kuala Lumpur: Although Japanese young badminton star Kento Momota who has been denied a spot on Japan’s team for this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics after receiving an indefinite suspension from the Nippon Badminton Association on April 10, 2016 for his visit to an illegal casino, but he hadn’t officially been removed from the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Ranking, until this Thursday.The "more than a year" suspension of Kento Momota and Kenichi Tago is unnecessary and is a complete waste of a talent.

    The "more than a year" suspension of Kento Momota and Kenichi Tago is unnecessary and is a complete waste of a talent.

  • Parupalli Kashyap likely to miss Olympics with knee injury

    New Delhi: The world No. 17 men's singles player Parupalli Kashyap who is still battling his knee injury, has pulled out from the Malaysia Open Super Series Premier and Singapore Open Super Series.Parupalli Kashyap and his team are awaiting the doctor's final call before deciding on his knee surgery. (photo: AFP)

    Parupalli Kashyap and his team are awaiting the doctor's final call before deciding on his knee surgery. (photo: AFP)

  • PBSI looking to add a second men's pair at Rio Olympics

    aJakarta: For this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI) still relied heavily on Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan to bring home the nation's first Olympic gold medal since Hendra Setiawan and Markis Kido last won it at the 2008 Beijing Olympics by defeating Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng 12–21, 21–11, 21–16 in the men's doubles final.Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan (front) still Indonesia's main hope of winning gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan (front) still Indonesia's main hope of winning gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

  • Tey Seu Bock: Lin Dan is still Lee Chong Wei’s greatest rival in Rio

    Kuala Lumpur: Lee Chong Wei's Olympic gold medal hopes have been dashed... twice by the same player - Lin Dan, both in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic men's singles finals. While gearing up for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, Lee Chong Wei's coach Tey Seu Bock admitted that Lin Dan remained the major hurdle in Lee's bid for his first-ever Olympic gold at Rio Games.Regardless of the outcome, really hope to see Lee Chong Wei plays Lin Dan in the 2016 Olympic final again.

    Regardless of the outcome, really hope to see Lee Chong Wei plays Lin Dan in the 2016 Olympic final again.

  • Lin Dan wins Brasil Open as China sweep all 5 titles

    Rio de Janeiro: Although it was just a Grand Prix tournament, China continued to its show dominance in badminton with another set of exemplary performances as the Chinese produced a clean sweep to win all five titles on offer at the Brasil Open on Sunday.Lin Dan signs autograph for a badminton fan at Rio.

    Lin Dan signs autograph for a badminton fan at Rio.

  • Lin Dan to play at Brasil Open

    Rio de Janeiro: China's five-time world champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Lin Dan will become the biggest star to participate in the Brasil Open to be held from November 24 to November 29 in Rio de Janeiro.Despite his recent disappointments, Lin Dan remains the favorite to win the 2016 Olympic gold medal.

    Despite his recent disappointments, Lin Dan remains the favorite to win the 2016 Olympic gold medal.

  • Lin Dan eyeing a third gold medal at 2016 Rio Olympics

    Rio De Janeiro:In an exclusive interview with Rio2016.com published on Wednesday, Chinese badminton superstar Lin Dan talked about his quest for a third--consecutive title at Rio Olympics.

    "I am training hard to prepare for Rio - the Olympics is our main focus now - but I don't want to think too much at this moment about what I might achieve there," Lin said.Lin Dan refuses to give up on winning his third straight Olympic gold.

    Lin Dan refuses to give up on winning his third straight Olympic gold.

  • Carolina Marin eyes Rio Olympics

    Ibiza: Two-time world champion Carolina Marin said she is looking forward to continuing her badminton success at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    Speaking to reporters at a press conference in Ibiza, Carolina Marin said she has always wanted to fulfill her childhood dream of bagging a gold medal at the highest level of badminton such as the World Championships and the Olympics.Organizer in Ibiza presents the two-time world champion Carolina Marin with a gift.

    Organizer in Ibiza presents the two-time world champion Carolina Marin with a gift.

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